Having recently been appointed as a Mental Health Ambassador for England Athletics I wanted to take a moment to explain firstly why I am excited to take on this role and why I hope that sharing my experiences may help other people to see that there is no shame in Mental Health. I am no … Continue reading Mental Health Ambassador – #runandtalk
With Eating Disorder Awareness Week taking place next week 27th - 5th March it's a little reminder just how crucial awareness of this 'silent' illness is. Eating disorders are a very secretive illness. Using myself as an example, to begin with I looked fine, my favourite phrase was 'I'm fine' or 'I'm ok' and I … Continue reading Giving the silent illness a voice
There are lots of misconceptions surrounding Eating Didorders, here are 8 main myths that stand out to me and need to be challenged. 1. Anorexia is a phase It can often be thought that anorexia or bulimia are 'phases' that someone can and will 'grow out of'. This couldn't be further from the truth and … Continue reading Myths and Misconceptions
This time last year I was going into an inpatient unit to begin a recovery programme. I was weak, had little energy and just walking up the stairs gave me palpitations and left me breathless. Last weekend I ran my first half marathon. Needless to say I am extremely proud at how far I have … Continue reading I Only Went And Did It!
A couple of years ago I was offered inpatient treatment. It was strongly advised that I admit myself into an eating disorder unit and when I refused I was almost sectioned. I don't quite know how I avoided it. The papers were as good as signed but I talked the talk and escaped that route. … Continue reading Taking A Chance
This month is National Eating Disorder Awareness month. More specifically 21st-27th of February. It's time to stamp out the stigma of mental health and give it the attention, education and understanding that it needs. There are many recognised mental health illnesses that seem to be accepted as an illness but personally I don't think Eating … Continue reading Stamp Out The Stigma
Happy New Year everyone! You may have noticed that I have been quiet for a little while, but I'm back and ready for some serious blogging in 2016! Who else reflects on their year on New Years Day? I do, I like to look back and see what has gone well and what I would … Continue reading Happy New Year